Richard Ferguson

Squad to face Wales not B-Team


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 29 May 2018 at 09:31
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Those looking at Rassie’s squad heading to the USA and working out the team to face England from the players who stayed behind, could be in for a surprise.

Rassie has made it clear that the team going to Washington is not a B-team, and that those playing against Wales can still make a claim to face England. He went as far as to say that those that stayed behind are not guaranteed to start against England.

Rassie did state though that the travelling across time zones did have an impact in which players stayed behind, as well as the fact that the Sharks had travelled to Argentina and back in the last week, which influenced his thinking.

From the squad selected to go to Washington, it is rather easy to see who will start, with only 2 centres in the squad, we can safely say Andre Esterhuizen will win his first Bok cap this weekend, playing in midfield with Jesse Kriel. It is still a toss up between 2 Sharks hookers and Bongi Mbonambi as to who will start in the front row, but we could very well see Akker van der Merwe get his chance.

Similarly, there are 3 scrumhalves to pick from, all uncapped, with Cameron Wright in the running to earn a first cap as well. The last of the Sharks contingent who could earn a first cap is Thomas du Toit, with 5 props in the mix, one is set to miss out completely.

Curwin Bosch’s utility tag makes him the heavy favourite to play off the bench, covering both Jantjies at 10 and Gelant at fullback.



38 Comments

  • Maybe not B-team, but B+ team at best.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.05.18 09:56:43 by McLovin Reply
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  • Im not sure who is trying to fool, players all well aware of where they stand. Yes they will want to put on a good peformance as its a test cap but also to prove that should the coaches first choice not perform then he should pick them. We havnt beaten Wales in a while so this will be tough…Boks arent great travellers

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.05.18 10:01:50 by SheldonK Reply
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  • Have to feel for Rassie.

    Lumped with an absolute waste of time ‘test’ match. Now has to pretend, in front of the press & public at least, that this matters and everybody is in with a chance.

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.05.18 10:16:27 by McLovin Reply
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  • Really not sure what to think. Looking at who was kept in SA it’s hard to think that except for PSdT anyone could push for a starting spot. But then again guys like Kitshoff, Louw, Malherbe, Kriel and Gelant (fullback or even at wing) could just swing things their way if they put in a solid performance against Wales. And maybe just maybe if André can produce a dominant performance at 12 he might get a chance (although I know it’s just a dream and think Rassie will go with de Allende if he thinks Steyn did not adapt enough to local conditions). Guess we will only.know when the team to face England is announced.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.05.18 12:18:24 by JD Reply
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  • I have a feeling not many of the Sharks doing the US trip will be selected for the England test. Two trips across 5-6 time zones in less than 2 weeks will leave you a bit knackered – especially mentally

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.05.18 12:27:14 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 3) : Rugby in SA is all about smoke and mirrors to some extent or other. There really is no reason to feel for anyone, least of all the coach, that willingly jumps on the SA Rugby bandwagon. They know its going to be a hell of a bumpy ride long before they have signed on the dotted line.

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.05.18 13:16:25 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Both Bok captains are from the Stormers – the team filled with talent that looks the most at sea and with little back bone. Go figure.

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.05.18 13:19:41 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 7) : Exactly.

    They make me sick.

    On a hiding to nothing with that mob. :mrgreen: ;-)

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.05.18 13:35:30 by McLovin Reply

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  • With such limited contact time im not expecting to see much influence from Rassie on the Boks play, yes they will be eager and excited as its a new year and enw coach but all that wears off after 20min and then its down to how well they execute. Kickoffs, scrums, lineouts will be key, have to be able to win your own ball well at international level in order to really compete well

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.05.18 13:54:20 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Anyone have any idea if the U20 world champs is being broadcast in the UK?

    Thanks

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.05.18 16:07:57 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 10) : The only tv coverage I’ve been able find is S4C showing the Wales games. I think World Rugby is streaming the games live on their website. I remember watching it that way last year.

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.05.18 19:15:32 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 11) : Thanks old boy. Could only find the S4C games myself.

    World rugby website it is then. :smile:

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.05.18 19:58:45 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 12) : Let’s hope!

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.05.18 20:46:59 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Important note: Jaguares are playing really well now and they just happen to also all of a sudden have really attractive cheerleaders, connected ? I think not lol

    Jokes aside looks like that stadium was 70% full and had a great atmosphere.

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.05.18 21:35:04 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • What’s up with the whole “only 2 centres” thing?! Is there anyone else in this squad at all capable of being a back up option at centre if one of them slips while running onto the field? It doesn’t really look that way to me…

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.05.18 22:35:19 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 15) : Seems strange doesn’t it. With the personnel on tour, I would use Kwagga as back up in the centres. Also with Bosch’s limited time at flyhalf, there is only one true flyhalf for the Wales match, and of the three flyhalfs in the greater Bok squad, probably the least equipped to cover 12 (both Pollard and Rob cover 12 but not Elton). This will be interesting.

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.05.18 23:14:02 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 16) : I wonder if Galant or Mapimpi could cover 13 in a pinch?

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.05.18 23:19:35 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 15) : apparently Can played some games at 12 while he was in France. However having him play there in a test is just ridiculous!!! Personally I think it’s stupid to only take 2 centres too and international match!!!
    Lots of other questions like: When will they start preparing for the England games!? Will not happen this week.
    When will the coach and players be back from US? Monday/Tuesday leaving only 2 or 3 days to prepare for an England team that’s out to prove they’re better than they showed in the Six Nations!
    How will coach integrate the European players as most of them is playing in crucial positions (2, 8, 9, 12, 15)?!
    Why not just let the Sharks players fly north after the Jaguares game and meet up with the team in US!? That way there’s way less flying across time zones!?
    Basically a lot more questions than answers!!!

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.05.18 23:30:01 by JD Reply
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  • So here is something interesting, I live in the Washington DC area, and I have heard not a single word about this test in the local media, nothing, not word one. RFK Stadium is a defunct stadium relegated to hosting concerts and the odd soccer (and now apparently rugby) match. I know the IRB is trying to push rugby in the US, but they have done a horrible job of marketing this test. Again, not one word in the Washington DC media about this test, except for maybe an inch at the back of the sports section.

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.05.18 23:41:39 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Also something to remember, flying to the US from SA is far different from flying to Argentina, not only do you have time zones, but it is a different hemisphere. Having flown this flight more than once, I can assure you it is a horrendously long flight.

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.05.18 23:45:11 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 20) : Nowadays I cannot handle the 16 hour flight (apparently it is 18 hours now) in economy any more – so my preference is via Europe with a bit of a break in between. It still ends up a long time in transit.

    The other issue is that especially the Sharks players will be knackered when they return – two cross time zone flights in less than 12 days

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.05.18 07:57:44 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 7) : Doesn’t make them poor choices. Stormers at sea probably due to the coaching setup. Who would you rather have as captain then? Sharks not exactly the top performing SA side, yet have the most bok call ups. Go figure :evil:

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.05.18 10:06:43 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 15) : @Dancing Bear (Comment 16) : @JD (Comment 18) : I see Rob du Preez is on the bench for the Wales games. Guessing he covers 12. Never saw his name in the original Wales squad announcement or did I miss it?

    Edit: And Cam misses out completely. Not even on the bench.

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.05.18 10:45:59 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Looks like Cam Wright, Mbonambi and Nizaam Carr miss out

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.05.18 11:07:23 by josefgremlin Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 22) : I would make Duanne Vermeulen captain. Stormers have had the same coaches for a while now so these players are clearly happy with them. In anyway a good captain will stand out even more under a poor coach, something you cant say about Siya – his play and captaincy have regressed in 15 games this year. As for PSdT, I hav eno idea about his captaincy credentials but if they have been in use at the Stormers they dont appear to have made any significant contribution.

    Sharks are the best side in the world, they should all be Boks.

    As for the Cheetahs, they dont even play super rugby and have a few in the squad, that is even more of a puzzle to me than the captaincy choices.

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.05.18 12:32:40 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 23) : Yeah, I see that Rassie obviously saw what I saw…a bit late, but he has now solved the problem…

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.05.18 12:59:39 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 12) : Here is a breakdown of where to watch. depending on your location: https://www.worldrugby.org/u20/tournament-info/where-to-watch

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.05.18 13:14:00 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 27) : Thanks. Much appreciated.

  • Comment 28, posted at 30.05.18 13:17:04 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 25) : @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 25) : Agree on Duanne. Look I am no fan of Siya as player or captain, but that is my own preference. I guess if your world is Natal, then yes the Sharks are no doubt, even the USA feels they are the Gridiron champs, and also about the only country that participates :evil:
    Sharks the best side, that couldn’t buy a win over an Aussie side. The Cheetahs don’t play Super rugby which is true, you will have to move on from the fallacy that the Pro14 is inferior. Doubt the Sharks or any SA side would beat Leinster, Munster, or Scarletts.

  • Comment 29, posted at 30.05.18 14:10:15 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 28) : Cheers!

  • Comment 30, posted at 30.05.18 14:21:24 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 29) : Until the Sharks start playing there, Pro14 will just have to remain an inferior competition.

    BTW Do you have any info on whether the move to Pro 14 has been more or less beneficial to the Cheetahs than SupeRugby was. I really wouldnt mind the Sharks playing there in the future. The competition is played on a home and away basis isnt it?

  • Comment 31, posted at 30.05.18 14:49:17 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 31) : Ok I got off my backside and read the set up and format. I think that 2 more SA teams would fit in there quiete nicely. The Kings would also welcome it as Im sure getting a drubbing from you lot 3 times in one compeition cant be much fun.

  • Comment 32, posted at 30.05.18 15:02:02 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 31) : :grin: Think more beneficial in terms of travel demands, but think the revenue streams are the same. The rumour is that the new European Championship deal that commences in 2020, is bigger than Super Rugby in terms of TV revenue. Still unconfirmed if a SA side will become eligible, should they qualify, but definitely something they are working towards. Rassie and Jurie Roux already on the Pro14 Board of Directors.

  • Comment 33, posted at 30.05.18 16:05:11 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 32) : :grin: It would be a welcome addition. Kings were hard done by, think they would have been more competitive had they been able to retain the bulk of their S18 squad. Sharks are an enigma, battle against inferior Aussie sides, and batter the NZ sides :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 30.05.18 16:06:47 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 29) : ja think it’s like comparing F1 and Indy car racing. Both think they’re better and stronger.
    Fact is it’s different challenge with different circumstances and until there’s a single global rugby season and the winners of the two play we will never know.

  • Comment 35, posted at 31.05.18 09:52:28 by JD Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 34) : personally I think it’s a mental thing. Most top performances comes against top teams or when they have their back against the wall. Give them a “favourite” tag and they succumb under the pressure. I’m sure the Sharks must be the team that lost more games against the bottom 3 teams than any other team that’s usually in play off contention!
    If I had my way I’d move them to the NZ conference! :twisted:
    For the above mentioned reason I don’t think Sharks must go play in the Top 14. Against those weak teams we will never win a game again. :twisted:

  • Comment 36, posted at 31.05.18 10:02:28 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 35) : Agreed. What I like about the Pro14, is that it is a lot fairer in it’s setup. Each team within a conference plays each other home and away, and on an home or away once against teams in the other conference. The SA teams play more matches overseas, but the travel factor is less of an issue.

  • Comment 37, posted at 31.05.18 11:16:16 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 36) : Fair point, frustrating as a fan, but very true.

  • Comment 38, posted at 31.05.18 11:16:58 by KingCheetah Reply

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